Show ContentsSamora History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Samora comes from name of the city and province of Zamora, which is located on the Duero in northwest Spain. Because of its strategic position, the city was disputed during the Middle Ages, first between the Christians and Moors, then between the kingdoms of Leon and Castille.

Early Origins of the Samora family

The surname Samora was first found in the Basque province of Guipuzcoa, in north western Spain.

Early History of the Samora family

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Samora Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Zamora, Zanora, Zamor, Samora, Zamaura, Zamore and others.

Early Notables of the Samora family

Prominent among members of the family were Rodrigo Zamorano (1542-1623), a cosmographer of the royal house of Philip II of Spain; Francesco de Zamora of Villafranca de Montes de Oca (Burgos), who was ennobled in 1770; and Juan Manuel de Zamora y Sainz...
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Samora Ranking

In the United States, the name Samora is the 8,992nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1

Migration of the Samora family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Francisco and Christobal de Zamora, who sailed to Spanish America in 1511; Felipo de Zamora, who did the same in 1512; Diego de Zamora, who immigrated to Peru with his family in 1534.

Contemporary Notables of the name Samora (post 1700) +

  • Teresa Samora, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1980 2
  • José Rogério Filipe Samora (1958-2021), Portuguese film, television and stage actor who appeared in more than one hundred films since 1980
  • Samora Moises Machel (1933-1986), Mozambican military commander, revolutionary socialist leader and 1st President of Mozambique

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from on Facebook